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Hello World: How to be human in the age of the machine

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A tour of the good, the bad and the downright ugly of the algorithms that surround us

Would you trust an algorithm to send someone to jail? Or to diagnose someone with cancer? How about an algorithm that analysed your friendships to calculate if you were reliable enough to take out a loan? These aren’t hypothetical questions about our distant future. We’re already living in the age of the algorithm. A world where machines rule supreme – making the important decisions in healthcare, transport, finance and security. They’re telling us what to watch, where to go even who to send to prison. So how much should we rely on them to know what’s best? And can we trust them over our own judgement? In this talk, we’ll go on a tour of the good, the bad and the downright ugly of the algorithms that surround us. We’ll lift the lid on their inner workings, demonstrate their power, expose their limitations, and examine whether they really are an improvement on the humans they are replacing

This talk is part of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) series.

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